6 days in Badlands National Park & Custer Itinerary

6 days in Badlands National Park & Custer Itinerary

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6 days in Badlands National Park & Custer Itinerary

Start: Badlands National Park
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Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
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Custer
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Badlands National Park

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Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Badlands National Park is known for scenic drive, nature, trails, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a memorable drive along Loop Road, explore the striking landscape at Big Badlands Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at White River Valley Overlook, and hike along Door Trail.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Badlands National Park travel route planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Badlands National Park. August in Badlands National Park sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Custer.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

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Side Trip

Badlands National Park
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall
Badlands National Park ©
Badlands National Park

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Custer

Custer ©
Generally considered to be the oldest town established by European Americans in the Black Hills, Custer began as a mining town.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, then explore the striking landscape at Needles Eye Tunnel, and then cruise along Iron Mountain Road. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, then cruise along Wildlife Loop Road, and then learn more about the world around you at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Custer trip builder tool .

You can drive from Badlands National Park to Custer in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Badlands National Park in August, things will get little chillier in Custer: highs are around 77°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Custer

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Side Trips

Keystone, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
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Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road

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